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Five jailed over attack on fans
Police used CCTV footage to identify the hooligans
Five Plymouth football hooligans have been jailed following an attack on Leeds United supporters.

They stormed into the beer garden of a Plymouth pub, terrifying families and attacking opposing fans last year.

All admitted or were found guilty of violent disorder and were jailed for a total of three years three months.

Five others who joined in got community service orders and all the hooligans have been banned from going to football matches for up to six years.

Bricklayer Matthew McGarry, 26: Jailed for six months
Labourer Wayne May, 27: Ordered to do 180 hours community service
Electrician Leslie Carver, 25: Jailed for six months
Taxi driver Andrew McMahon, 30: Jailed for six months
Builder Kurt Medway, 20: Ordered to do 180 hours community service
Plumber Michael Preston, 25: Jailed for nine months
Mark Rennie, 20: Ordered to do 120 hours community service
Labourer Jamie Thomson, 21: Ordered to do 180 hours community service
A 17-year-old youth who was ordered to do 120 hours community service
Ground worker Colin Wilkinson, 32: Jailed for a year
The attack happened at the Britannia pub in Plymouth before a League Cup tie between Plymouth Argyle and Leeds United at nearby Home Park in September.

Malcolm Galloway, prosecuting, told Plymouth Crown Court the defendants, aged 17 to 32, were all members of The Central Element.

He said: "This is a gang associated with Plymouth Argyle who follow their games and England games at home and overseas. The police's football intelligence unit say there are about 200 members.

"At the time of this disorder they were heard shouting 'We are the Central Element'."

Mr Galloway said the trouble started when gang members rushed in from the beer garden chanting and shouting 'Come on lads, let's get them' as terrified families scattered.

Door staff tried to stop them, but they attacked again, throwing bottles and glasses.

The head doorman suffered cuts and bruises and needed 11 stitches from a punch in the face. The female bar manager was hit three times in the face and three others suffered injuries to their teeth, ankle and chest.

Barristers representing the 10 men said many were not members of the Central Element but were drawn into the violence because they were at the pub.


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